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In Memory of St. Vincent School, 1960

Llyn Foulkes

American, 1934-
Assemblage: oil, charred wood and plasticized ashes on blackboard, with chair
blackboard: 66 x 72-1/4 in. (167.6 x 183.5 cm); chair: 26-1/4 x 13 x 12-1/2 in. (66.7 x 33.0 31.8 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Harry Zlotnick
© 2008 Llyn Foulkes

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Foulkes' mixed-media paintings are distinguished by their dark content and social references to the cultural horrors and fallacies surrounding the concept of the "American Dream." In this work, Foulkes has included a portion of a scorched blackboard and chair he found while sifting through a school building that had been destroyed by fire in South Central Los Angeles. The somber, haunting quality of the objects recalled the devastation Foulkes had encountered while serving in the military in post-World War II Germany.

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